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Report: Golden transfer for plagiarism

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Trae Golden was the Vols' third-leading scorer with 12.1 points per game this past season.
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Trae Golden was writing a promising story at Tennessee, leading the Vols to back-to-back NIT berths and emerging as star point guard entering his senior season.

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Now, Golden is going elsewhere, reportedly because the story he was writing wasn’t his own.

Tennessee announced Tuesday that Golden will transfer at the end of the spring semester. Govolsxtra.com, the school blog of the Knoxville News Sentinel, reported that academic problems, including “repeated plagiarism”, were at the root of the transfer, and that Golden would not have been allowed to continue as a student at Tennessee.

Former teammate Tobias Harris of the Orlando Magic was among the unhappy supporters who took to Twitter, tweeting several messages including “it ain’t his decision” and “he is not trying to transfer, he wants to stay.”

 

 

Golden, a two-year starter, had placed third in the Southeastern Conference with 3.9 assists per game and was the Vols' third-leading scorer with 12.1 points per game this past season. He was named SEC player of the week twice while helping the Volunteers finish 20-13 and earn a second straight NIT berth.

''I had a great three years at Tennessee, but I plan to play my senior year somewhere else this fall,'' Golden said in a statement released by the university. ''I really appreciate the staff and all the great support from Vol fans. I'm definitely going to miss my teammates. I want them to have nothing but success in the future.''

Golden's decision creates uncertainty for a program that figured to enter the 2013-14 season as a potential Top 25 team. Tennessee returns first-team all-SEC guard Jordan McRae and second-team all-SEC forward Jarnell Stokes, who both chose to return to school rather than entering the NBA Draft. The Vols also welcome back Jeronne Maymon, a second-team all-SEC forward in 2011-12 who missed the entire 2012-13 season with a knee injury.

In the April 27 statement announcing his decision to return for his junior season, Stokes said he was ''looking forward to playing with Jeronne, Jordan, Trae and my other teammates again.''

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That makes Tuesday's announcement a bit of a surprise. The news comes just three days after Tennessee revealed it had released freshman guard Travon Landry from his letter of intent before he ever enrolled. Landry has since signed with New Mexico State.

''We want nothing but the best for Trae,'' Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said in a statement released by the university. ''Everyone associated with our program wants to see him be successful, and we wish him well.''

Golden's transfer comes after an inconsistent junior season that reflected his team's up-and-down fortunes.

After getting off to a hot start, Golden endured a shooting slump in late December and fell out of the starting lineup in early January. He strained his right hamstring Jan. 29 and sat out back-to-back losses to Arkansas and Georgia.

Once he regained his health, Golden heated up again and moved back into the starting lineup to spark Tennessee's late-season surge. The Vols won nine of 10 games before ending the season with losses to Alabama in the SEC tournament quarterfinals and to Mercer in the NIT's opening round.

Golden scored at least 20 points in five of Tennessee's last 10 games, including a career-high 32 points in a four-overtime victory at Texas A&M.

Golden started 58 of his 96 games at Tennessee, averaging 9.7 points, 3.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds. The 6-foot-2 guard led UT with 13.7 points per game as a sophomore.

Although he had a scorer's mentality, Golden served as the Vols' main point guard the past two seasons. Someone else will have to fill that role in his absence. The Vols' incoming freshman class includes Darius Thompson, a 6-foot-4 combo guard who has the ability to play the point. Another incoming freshman for Tennessee is Robert Hubbs, a 6-5 shooting guard rated among the top prospects in the 2013 recruiting class.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Tagged: Tennessee, Trae Golden, Tobias Harris

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